bring up

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "bring up":
present tense I/you/we/they bring up he/she/it brings up present participle bringing up past tense brought up past participle brought up
1) [often passive] to look after a child until he or she becomes an adult

She brought up three sons on her own.

He was brought up by his grandmother.

a) to teach a child to behave in a particular way or to have particular beliefs
bring someone up to be/do something:

Our parents brought us up to believe in our own abilities.

b) used for saying where or how someone lived when they were a child

He was born and brought up in India.

be brought up on something:

These kids have been brought up on a diet of junk food and endless television.

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See:
educate
2) to start discussing a subject

Brown said the issue would be brought up again at the next climate convention.

I hate to bring this up but you still owe me £50.

3) to make food or drink come back up from your stomach through your mouth
4) bring someone up on charges of something to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong
5) bring someone up short to make someone stop what they are doing or saying because they are very surprised

English dictionary. 2014.

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